there are a lot of people out there who hate the commercialism of valentine’s day; it’s a hallmark holiday, they say. and to be honest, it is. i used to be one of those people. a skeptic of this holiday based on love. now, it’s extremely easy to be bitter about this holiday if you’re single and alone or even if you’re not single and you have high expectations of what this day should be about and are let down. i mean who wants it thrown in their face that out of the billions of people in the world you are the one not receiving the flowers or chocolates literally thrown up all over every store’s shelves on a day celebrating love?
while i do have to say valentine’s day is so much nicer when you have someone to share your love with, this year it wasn’t just about being with my husband and all that mushy-gushy, lovey-dovey stuff. this year i looked at the holiday through a new set of eyes, a whole new perspective. i know, i know, you should celebrate your love for others every day of the year and yes, that is true, but why not dedicate one day to love; it really is a beautiful thing.
love comes in so many different forms. valentine’s doesn’t have to be all about your significant other or whether or not you have one or not. love is giving your mom a hug. love is calling your grandma just to tell her that you miss her. love is facetiming with your niece just to hear her laugh. love is spending time with great friends. love is feeling your child move deep within your belly. love is being around those you care for.
this year i spent part of my valentine’s day with two of my great girlfriends. we went and got pedicures at a new nail salon in town (new york nail bar, it was so nice…check it out!), something my feet desperately needed before the arrival of this little baby. my toes turned out so cute, pink with a little bow for my sweet girl; i would post a picture, but i will spare you all a view of my extremely swollen feet. afterwards we grabbed a late lunch, cornbread pancakes anyone? yum, they were delicious…the rest of the night was spent with my husband and fur sons relaxing around the home and doing some final preparations before labor ensues.
as i reflected on my day my heart was happy; i was fulfilled. i have so much to be thankful for, so much love to share. i hope you all had a day surrounded by those you care for and who care for you. and i hope you all ate a little chocolate!